Apple will gradually shift its Mac line to Intel-based chips over the next
two years. Jobs revealed that Apple has been developing all versions of OS X
since its inception to run on Intel and PowerPC chips. The CEO showed a demo of
the Tiger operating system on an Intel-based machine. As for why Apple was
making the shift, Jobs pointed both to past problems and to the PowerPC road
map, which he said won’t deliver enough performance at the low-power usages
needed for powerful notebooks.

Ed’s note : It is revealed that Apple will shift their Mac line to
Intel based chips over the next two years therefore the likely candidates to
power the upcoming Macs will be Presler based on 65nm Dual core architecture in
2006 or Conroe, a desktop version of Merom based on Pentium M architecture in
2007.

Apple will gradually shift its Mac line to Intel-based chips over the next
two years. Jobs revealed that Apple has been developing all versions of OS X
since its inception to run on Intel and PowerPC chips. The CEO showed a demo of
the Tiger operating system on an Intel-based machine. As for why Apple was
making the shift, Jobs pointed both to past problems and to the PowerPC road
map, which he said won’t deliver enough performance at the low-power usages
needed for powerful notebooks.

Most of the necessary OS work has been done, but developers will have to do
some work to make their applications work on Intel-based machines. Programs
written will require various amounts of effort–from a few days of tweaking to
months of rewriting–depending on the tools used to create them. Mac developers
will be able to create universal binaries of their programs that will run on
both types of chips. In the meantime, Apple has a transcoding tool called
Rosetta that will allow programs written for PowerPC chips to run on Intel-based
machines. The next version of OS X, called Leopard, will be released in late
2006 or early 2007.

Ed’s note : It is revealed that Apple will shift their Mac line to
Intel based chips over the next two years therefore the likely candidates to
power the upcoming Macs will be Presler based on 65nm Dual core architecture in
2006 and Conroe, a desktop version of Merom based on Pentium M architecture in
2007.